Dallas Goedert, Eagles overcome dreadful start to get things back on track
PHILADELPHIA – Things couldn’t have started off worse for the Eagles best offensive player.
Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert dropped the first pass thrown his way against Washington. Worse, the ball caromed off his foot and into the arms of Landon Donovan. Washington went on to score a touchdown and eventually led 10-0 in as bad a start as the Eagles could have imagined.
“You know, I was just upset,” Goedert said. “I dropped it. You know, I was ready. Just get to the sideline, flush it and get ready for the next series. I saw it on the big jumbotron. I put the defense in a bad position. Something you never want to do.”
Goedert was far from done after that disastrous start. The fourth-year end from South Dakota State caught the next six balls thrown his way to establish a new career yardage high before three minutes had passed in the third quarter.
“We just need to clean up our mistake,” Goedert said. “The defense played great. Once the offense got it click and got going, I felt like we got in a really good groove. We just have to keep that going the rest of the season.”
Goedert finished the night with seven catches for 135 yards.
“You know, I'm just out there doing whatever,” Goedert said. “They’ve been calling my number. Jalen’s been finding me. I've been winning on my routes. As the season goes, you just get better and better. You get a more feel for what teams are going to do, how they're going to defend you.”
His 45-yard reception downfield may have evened his turnover ledger, as the 6-foot-5 receiver leaped over practice squad safety Jeremy Reaves and ripped an underthrown pass out of his hands for a 45-yard gain, the longest catch of Goedert’s career.
Goedert’s emergence as the Eagles most dangerous weapon has come since the trade of longtime Eagles tight end Zach Ertz to Arizona after Week 6 this season. It’s no coincidence that the Eagles shift to a run-first offense began almost at the same time.
“Dallas is one of his one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL, not to mention what he did catching the football,” coach Nick Sirianni said.
Goedert missed Week 6 due to COVID health and safety rules but returned to be among the best tight ends in football since. Last month, the Eagles recognized that fact with a reported four-year, $57 million contract extension.
If things keep going the way they have the last few weeks, the Eagles have themselves a bargain. NFC East defenses have a big challenge ahead of them.
“[We’re learning] ways to attack them,” Goedert said. “It has been progressing throughout the year. Hopefully it keeps trending upwards.”
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